Created: April 30, 2022 07:39
Caregivers have been reminded of their duty to report abuse and neglect in light of a month dedicated to preventing child abuse.
The Ministry of Children and Family Services held a seminar for mandated child abuse reporters on the roles of the ministry as well as the obligations of reporters.
The conference was held in recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
A DCFS spokeswoman said there have been 302 reports of child abuse since the start of the year and 918 reports last year.
Tinee Furbert, Minister for Social Development and Seniors, said the reports were “extremely concerning” and encouraged the public to work together to prevent child abuse.
She added: “It has been a difficult time for many in Bermuda, and the Covid pandemic has put a strain on a number of families.
“We want to encourage parents who are having difficulty coping to seek help.”
The DCFS spokeswoman said the department “provides child abuse investigation, intervention and support to children and families in the community to ensure that no child is harmed.”
She added, “The department also responds appropriately to reports of child abuse and neglect to ensure the safety of children and, at the same time, promote the integrity of the family.”
Anyone with knowledge of child abuse should contact the Department of Child and Family Services at 278-9111.